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32 stories found over the past 45 days
Syria and Mediterranean shores show ‘past lessons not learned,’ Bosnia and Herzegovina tells UN

21 September 2016 – Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic, stressed today that humanitarian aid cannot serve as a substitute for solutions addressing the root causes of conflict nor create conditions for lasting peace.


Ukraine’s President calls for UN mechanism to document aggression by Member States

21 September 2016 – Addressing the General Assembly, Ukraine’s President today said the time has come for the United Nations to work out serious safeguards against abuses of trust of the world community by some Member States, elaborate how to officially document evidence of aggression of one country against another, and envisage clear responsibility for the aggressor in line with the UN Charter.


At UN, European Union and member countries spotlight aid for refugees, conflict mediation

21 September 2016 – Massive displacement across borders has highlighted the power of fear and conflict more clearly than any other challenge, but the European Union’s actions have always been driven by empathy and a readiness to help those in need, its President told the United Nations General Assembly, which also heard several EU member States speak individually.


Dialogue and cooperation most viable path to peace, Afghan Vice-President tells UN Assembly

21 September 2016 – Drawing the attention of world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to complex global challenges, the Vice-President of Afghanistan today stressed that dialogue and cooperation are the most viable avenue to promote peace and security, as well as to ensure a world without hatred and conflict.


Culture of prevention vital to peace and security, Portugal’s President tells UN Assembly

20 September 2016 – In a wide-ranging address to the UN General Assembly, the President of Portugal said it is important to adopt a “culture of prevention” in the maintenance of peace and security by promoting sustainable development and respect for human rights.


UN official unveils draft principles on protecting human rights of refugees and migrants

20 September 2016 – A senior United Nations official today unveiled a draft set of principles that urge the international community to build on the momentum created by the adoption yesterday, by UN Member States, of a landmark declaration on protecting the rights of refugees and migrants by including the critical issue of human rights in all discussions focusing on large-scale, perilous and irregular migration movements.


UN officials condemn attacks against aid convoy and warehouse in rural Aleppo

20 September 2016 – Top United Nations officials have condemned attacks last night against a UN/Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) aid convoy, as well as a SARC warehouse and health clinic in Urum al-Kubra (Big Orem), northwest of Aleppo city in Syria, in which about 20 civilians and one SARC staff member were killed and vital food and medical assistance was destroyed.


US President Obama urges world to eschew division and pursue global integration at UN Assembly

20 September 2016 – In his final address to the United Nations General Assembly as United States President, Barack Obama today delivered a ringing appeal for global integration in the face of religious fundamentalism, the politics of ethnicity, aggressive nationalism and crude populism, even as he called for a course correction.


Global Goals ‘simple answer’ to delivering results world so desperately needs – UN Assembly President

20 September 2016 – While it is evident the 2030 Agenda is being increasingly used as the framework for improved national development plans around the world, “we are far from where we need to be,” the President of the United Nations General Assembly said today, opening the 193-member body’s annual general debate with a strong call to do more to end conflict, erase poverty and bolster human rights for all.


Opening Assembly debate, Ban calls on world leaders ‘act now,’ work together for a better future

20 September 2016 – Highlighting the challenges confronting the global community, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened the 71st annual debate of the UN General Assembly with a call on world leaders to recognize that the important positions they hold are a reflection of the trust the people have in them and “not personal property.”